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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,704Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 324

$898K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 324

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,419 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Kansas
WARFARIN SODIUM 717 657 1 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 578 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 545 490 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 527 416 4 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 422 394 5 8
LISINOPRIL 421 349 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 344 7 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 408 336 S3 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 313 239 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 261 215 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 206 11 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 171 12 20
BUSPIRONE HCL 216 207 13 106
SERTRALINE HCL 195 164 14 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 151 15 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 171 160 16 16
CARVEDILOL 169 153 17 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 168 167 18 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 166 127 19 49
NAMENDA 158 156 20 31
TRAMADOL HCL 156 130 21 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 127 22 12
KLOR-CON M20 134 107 23 52
GABAPENTIN 134 101 23 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 104 25 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 132 119 26 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 124 120 27 17
CELEBREX 115 103 28 96
ROPINIROLE HCL 113 98 29 87
FAMOTIDINE 110 110 30 62
CYMBALTA 110 102 30 45
LOVASTATIN 109 104 32 43
MIRTAZAPINE 106 86 33 41
ATENOLOL 105 94 34 18
PREDNISONE 101 88 35 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 81 36 46
FENTANYL 99 94 S2 37 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 79 38 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 95 92 39 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 93 74 40 91
DETROL LA 87 87 41 155
NEXIUM 85 67 42 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 68 43 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 64 S2 44 97
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 80 80 45 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 65 46 32
RISPERIDONE 78 78 46 77
DIGOXIN 77 77 48 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 72 49 34
LYRICA 75 72 49 107
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 59 49 75
CRESTOR 74 54 52 28
NOVOLOG 73 39 53 60
LANTUS 73 51 53 39
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 51 S2 55 105
AVODART 66 66 56 324
RAMIPRIL 65 61 57 104
LIDODERM 64 63 58 110
ALLOPURINOL 64 61 58 27
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 58 58 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 59 61 81
PROAIR HFA 59 36 62 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 59 50 62 80
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 28 R 64 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 34 65 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 54 66 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 51 66 61
MELOXICAM 54 51 68 29
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 41 69 86
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 47 69 209
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 53 69 186
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 37 72 65
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 51 73 133
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on March 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.